Where did you grow up and what inspired you to work in ag?

I grew up on my family’s farm in Hyden which I worked on with my cousin and two brothers. The farm was mainly cropping and cattle, which is what inspired me to want to work in the agricultural industry.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

In Corrigin, I was the reserves football coach for two years, then league coach for two years, and I was president of Auskick for a couple of years - both my boys play football in town. I am part of the volunteer fire brigade and the rest of my time I spend working on my house. I also play cricket for the local club on the weekend and I love being involved in the local community.

What's your favourite country bakery and what’s your go-to order?

Not exactly a bakery, but the Bruce Rock Butchers, which is a bakery and café, make the best Moroccan lamb pie.

How long have you been with CSBP?

I have been with CSBP for eight years. Before CSBP I spent two years with Greenline – John Deere and before that was at the farm. I really wanted to get back into ag so at 40 years-of-age I did a six-month traineeship with CSBP and it was the best thing that happened to me.

What are some highlights of your career/life to date?

Seeing my customers grow and build their businesses. It’s amazing - in the eight years I’ve been here, by listening to the learnings from our trials and agronomy insights, I have seen some growers essentially double in size and production.

What’s the most rewarding part of your role?

The growers you do the most amount of work for; it doesn’t feel like work. They trust CSBP, our advice and level of service to our customers. Having those conversations with them and seeing the results year on year, that is my favourite part.

What have you enjoyed learning in your role and what is your favourite takeaway from your customers?

I love learning about crop nutrition. It is very exciting and rewarding being on farm and watching what I’ve learnt be put into practice and work for the growers. And some of our farmers just have the best attitudes, valuing our nutritional advice and using the services to get the best results.

What is something not many people know about you?

I used to race cars off-road. In 2005 I was the first-ever Western Australian national champion. I then spent two years travelling around Australia as part of the Australian National Off Road Racing Championship.

How do you keep up to date with the latest agronomy and trends?

I always try to listen to as much as I can from the CSBP agronomists. If there is an issue I will always ring them and use their expertise and knowledge and apply it directly as this is the best way for me to learn. I am also pretty involved in the Corrigin Farm Improvement group. Lots of different agronomy topics come up at those meetings, all from different people, properties, trials and companies and I find them really insightful.

Is there anything you want to achieve while working at CSBP?

I’m just really happy doing what I’m doing. I have days that are tougher, but I still wake up happy to do what I’m doing. It’s one of the reasons I really wanted to work for CSBP. The people who interviewed me had been there for 10-30 years, and I just thought, it’s got to be a good place to work if people are staying for that long. When my wife had breast cancer they were incredibly supportive.

 

 

Darian Smith
By Darian Smith
- Account Manager
Originally from a farm at Hyden where he developed his passion for agriculture, Darian has run a crop spraying business and worked in the precision agriculture area for a major machinery company. 

Darian joined CSBP in 2015 as the Metro Area Manager, based out of Kwinana, before moving to Corrigin as Account Manager. 

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